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Rachel_R._Smith

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Joined June 2017

Author of the Records of the Ohanzee fantasy series, lover of books, roses, minerals, and all things sparkly!
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The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
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Roar by Cora Carmack
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In August, the next book in my favorite cozy mystery series comes out (Her Royal Spyness is the series name, if you're interested 😉), so I've decided to make it a month of reading mysteries. ❤️ I'm sure I won't be able to get through all of these lovely Flavia de Luce books, but I'll definitely be starting them! What do you plan to read next month?

#mystery #bookishrainbow #rainbowbooks

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The Sin Eater's Daughter | Melinda Salisbury
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It's a bit late, but Happy National Ice Cream Day! Still, it's never really too late for ice cream, is it? 😜

#ya #fantasy #icecream

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Sailor Moon, Volume 11 | Naoko Takeuchi
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The very first book I ever bought on Amazon (way back in 1998) was a volume of the Sailor Moon manga because none of the local bookstores carried manga. It was the beginning of an enduring love of both Amazon *and* manga. I must admit though, I dearly miss the days of waking out of Borders once a month with a stack of manga 30 volumes high. Now there's neither Borders nor that many new releases each month. And yet the TBR is still growing. 😂

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Clockwork Angel | Cassandra Clare
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Who wants three scoops of The Infernal Devices? (With sprinkles on top!) And an even more pressing question--Jem or Will??😜

#ya #fantasy #shadowhunters #trilogy

Sophoclessweetheart I've never read these! 🙈 I read TMI book one but hated book two so never went any further with the universe of Clare. 3y
Rachel_R._Smith @MythicReads I'm not a huge fan of TMI either, actually, though I've read them all. Still, I loved this trilogy. So they might be worth a try for you sometime. ☺ (edited) 3y
ashley_liz @Rachel_R._Smith little late to the party when it comes to Will and Jem... but I just finished the trilogy and to answer your question... I'm a hands down Jem fan. I was team Will for the first book but by the end, I was all for Jem. I just love everything about him. 2y
Rachel_R._Smith @ashley_liz Both of them really are fantastic! ❤️ 2y
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The Thursday Next series (which I highly recommend!) is a humorous, time-traveling, adventure- mystery-fantasy detailing the exploits of Thursday Next as she works as a Literary Detective, interacting with the inhabitants of her own world as well as those of the literary worlds she protects. Lovers of both witty mysteries and classic novels (specifically fans of Dickens, Bronte, and Shakespeare especially) should definitely check this series out!

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The Winner's Kiss | Marie Rutkoski
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Another great YA fantasy series ❤️ I loved Kestrel and Arin, and especially the dynamic between the two of them and Roshar. Once again, I end up liking a book/series for the main characters and falling in love with it for the secondaries. 😆

#ya #fantasy #greatcharacters

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#icecreamforbooks Day 5: "I scream, You scream, We all scream" - Horror ? My first thought for this topic was to grab a Stephen King book, but I decided to go with an author who is somewhat lesser known. Actually, King has cited Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos as inspiration in some of his works. Another great writer influenced by Lovecraft's work is Peter Clines. If you like sci-fi and horror, I recommend you check out his books "14" and "The Fold"!

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The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heileg is my "backup" book right now. I bought the E-book version and have been slowly reading it whenever I'm waiting for appointments, grabbing a quick bite alone, etc. The characters are all likable and the book is easy to get back into after having put it down for a few days!

Do you keep a "backup" book with you on the go?

#ya #fantasy #timetravel #booksandflowers

MCYmermaid Always! The joy of the Kobo app. Right now I have THE HANDMAID'S TALE about 70% reread as my backup book. 3y
Rachel_R._Smith @MCYmermaid Yes! I had the Kindle reading app for years before I actually got a Kindle. Having them on the go is so handy! 3y
AshOldfield I always have a back up book 😊 3y
Rachel_R._Smith @AshOldfield Never leave home without it, right? (Seems like a good product slogan 🤔😂) 3y
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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July TBR! In addition to finishing Roar, I'm planning to dig into these two beauties this month. 💕

#ya #fantasy #tbr #bookish

nicole_in_neverland Loved this series! I hope you enjoy it! 3y
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Do you prefer deckled edges on your books or stained edges? I like both, actually. Anything that adds a unique touch to a book is nice. But I have a lot more books with deckled edges than with stained pages. (And since it was the topic for today, I just had to go ahead and deckle the edge of that cake pop for the photo so that it matched. 😉)

#books #bookish #booklover

nicole_in_neverland I like both as well! I love it when a book has a look totally unique to itself 3y
wildandwonderfulreads This is such a fun pic! And I like both, too...I just think they add something to the character of the book. 3y
Rachel_R._Smith @wildandwonderfulreads I agree! I love having that texture when I go to turn to the next page. 😊 3y
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I didn't realize how patriotic the colors looked in this photo until after I took the picture. 😆 I was really just trying to match the cover. Oh well, the Fourth of July is only a week away anyway. 😂
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In case you can't tell, I'm a fan of retellings, and The Lunar Chronicles series is one of my favorites. ❤️ Which do you prefer, classics or retellings?

#ya #fantasy #bookish #read #booklover #retelling

nicole_in_neverland I've been really into retellings lately so I have to go with those! Cinder is definitely one of my favorites! 3y
Rachel_R._Smith @nicole_in_neverland Yes!! 🙌 Have you read the Splintered series by A.G. Howard? It's an Alice in Wonderland retelling. 3y
nicole_in_neverland I have! Loved it! I just need to read Untamed and I'll have finished that whole series and the extra books! I've been looking for more good retellings to read lately 3y
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Rachel_R._Smith @nicole_in_neverland I haven't read it yet, but Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen was recommended to me awhile back as another great retelling. If you like steampunk stories, you might want to give it a try! 💕 3y
nicole_in_neverland I'll have to look into it! I have a couple of Liz Braswell's books left to read too, she does the twisted tales series. I've only read her sleeping beauty retelling so far. 3y
Rachel_R._Smith @nicole_in_neverland I saw As Old as Time at the bookstore the other day and *almost* picked up up, but decided to wait until I've thinned out my TBR pile a bit. 😂 3y
nicole_in_neverland That one is already on my tbr pile so hopefully I'll get to it soon. I'm trying not to buy books until I knock out a decent chunk of those already on my shelves ... I made a list of my unread books and it's getting to be kinda ridiculous 3y
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Eona | Alison Goodman
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I can't emphasize enough how much I love the Eon and Eona duology by Alison Goodman. I initially bought the books in paperback format, but after reading them, I liked them so much I bought them in hardback too. And this covers too! 🤤 Highly recommended! ❤️

#ya #fantasy #bookish #bibliophile #dragons #bookaddict #reading

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Flame in the Mist | Rene Ahdieh
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This book ended up being a mix for me. I loved the story itself and the secondary characters. However, there were a few things that diminished my enjoyment of the book too--one being that the main character just wasn't as likable as the secondaries. Still, there was enough good about the story that I'll definitely get the sequel when it comes out--it just isn't necessarily one I would recommend.

#ya #fantasy

Utopiyll I'm about to get the book myself 😱 what didn't you enjoy about the main character? Having a main character I like is so important to me enjoying the book!! 3y
Rachel_R._Smith It's just my opinion, but my main issue is that Mariko starts out as an intelligent but sheltered and naive person. As the story passes, there are lots of opportunities for her to grow and evolve (if she did she would be an amazing character!), and I kept hoping she would change even a little, but she didn't. Perhaps that part of her character development is coming in the next book though! (edited) 3y
Utopiyll @Rachel_R._Smith Ohh yes, that makes sense!! Hopefully the author is just going with a slow-burn of character development! We will see 🤗 3y
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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I bought this book on a whim immediately after it came out in 2011, and then it lingered on my shelves, unread, for two years before I finally opened it. What was I thinking to wait so long?? 🙈 I loved everything about it, the unpredictable plot, the fascinating characters, and--most of all--Morgenstern's luscious writing style. ❤️ Whenever her next book comes out, I'm buying it! (And this time I'll read it right away! 😉)

#fantasy

Jamesfahyauthor This is a wonderfully lyrical story. I'd love to see Tom Burton make a movie of it (with his preference for styling black and white) 😍 3y
High.Lady.of.Books Love the book 🙌🏻 love the photo 🙋🏻 3y
Rachel_R._Smith @Jamesfahyauthor He really would be the perfect choice! 😍 3y
Rachel_R._Smith @High.Lady.of.Books Thank you! 💕 3y
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Storm Siren | Mary Weber
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Do you prefer to read series or standalone? I love getting invested with characters and plot lines, so I almost exclusively read series--and the longer the better! I got lucky and was able to pick up all of the Storm Siren trilogy in hardback at Half Price Books. I had the first one in Ebook format already, but who can say no to hardbacks?? Not me!

#fantasy #ya #booksandflowers #bluebooks

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Eon | Alison Goodman
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Pulling one up from the archives just so I can post about one of my favorite recent reads. I knew five pages in that I was going to love this one, and it did not disappoint. If you are a fan of historical fantasy or like books with influences from ancient Asian cultures, get this book and read it. Now. Do not wait. It is hands down the best book I've read since finishing the final volume of The Wheel of Time (that was in 2013).

#ya #fantasy

Utopiyll I read this book years ago and thought about it again the other day, remembering how amazing it was! I'm so glad there is another person on here I've found that has read it because it is a gem!! 💕 3y
Rachel_R._Smith @Utopiyll I happened to stumble across it one day at the bookstore, and I'm so glad I did! Happy to meet a fellow fan! ❤️ 3y
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Vampire Knight | Matsuri Hino
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I posted this one on IG earlier, but it generated so much discussion I thought I would post it here too. Today's prompt in #bookishthisorthat was Team Edward or Team Jacob, but I couldn't get past the opening of the third book in the Twilight series, so I'm posing a different question. Team Zero or Team Kaname? Where do you stand VK fans? I'm team Kaname all the way! 💕

#manga #vampires #twilight #ya #shojo #fantasy

thebook.elf Kaname!!!! 3y
Rachel_R._Smith 🙌🙌🙌 3y
Serotonin Good series 👍 Team Zero all the way ❤ 3y
olivia6 Team Zero ❤️ 11mo
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One of my favorite quotes from my all-time favorite series. 💕

#fantasy #thewheeloftime #quotes #litsyquotejournal

aforestofpages 😍 I think you've convinced me to reread the series before starting A Memory of Light! 3y
Rachel_R._Smith 🙌 Yay! That'll only take a few months. 😜😂 3y
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The Architect of Song | A.G. Howard
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I am a huge fan of A.G. Howard's work, and this self-published gothic romance is no exception. It's a toss up as to whether I liked this one or her Splintered series more. Her writing is descriptive without being overly so, and sensual enough to convey heart-pounding romantic scenes without becoming graphic or explicit in any way. She conveys the gothic atmosphere so well, and ties in a fantastic twist that was the perfect touch for the plot.

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Untitled | Unknown
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So glad to have discovered this great community, and I'm looking forward to meeting even more fellow authors and book lovers! 💕
1. I live near Cincinnati, Ohio
2. I heard about it from others on #bookstagram
3. The Princess Bride 💕 Perhaps the only movie that is just as good as the book? 😜
4. No turtles, but I do have a black and tan Pomeranian named Sumo.

Tagging @saguarosally and hashtagging #welcomelitten as instructed. 😉

hannabananareads What a cute pet name. 😉 3y
Karkar I live near Cincinnati Ohio. You are one of the first people I have seen from this area! 3y
Rachel_R._Smith @hannabananareads It was hubby's idea. 😂 He liked the irony. 3y
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Rachel_R._Smith @Karkar Glad to meet a fellow (near) Cincinnatian! ☺ 3y
cherinium I'm a native if near Cincinnati. I'm now in St. Louis, but my family is still there. 🐾 3y
Rachel_R._Smith @cherinium So you've got connections if you ever find yourself craving Skyline? 😉 (edited) 3y
cherinium @Rachel_R._Smith LOL. Yes, indeed I do. We usually bring back several cans of the chili whenever we visit and do our best homemade version of 5 ways. Of course, we always have to make a trip for lunch while we're in town. Remarkably, my husband recently found that a local grocer had Skyline for sale. Score! 3y
Rachel_R._Smith @cherinium I have relatives that have moved out of state and whenever we go to visit we have to restock their stash of canned chili. They've recently changed the baker for the oyster crackers served at the restaurants, which caused a bit of a hubbub locally because they didn't taste exactly the same. 😂 Don't mess with our chili! (But I think most everyone has gotten over it by now 😜) 3y
saguarosally I love the name Sumo also. 3y
Rachel_R._Smith @saguarosally Thank you! 💕 3y
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In general, I don't tend toward books from the dystopian genre, but the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie turned out to be a great read. I loved how she wove "Do not go gentle into that goodnight" by Dylan Thomas into the dialogue and theme of the story. I also thought that Cassia's progression from unquestioning acceptance of her world to being an independent thinker who embraces change was refreshingly realistic. Highly recommend!

#dystopian #ya

Alytrue Lovely photo! 3y
Rachel_R._Smith @Alytrue Thank you! ☺ 3y
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It seems only one of my four books are in Litsy's system, and even it has an outdated blurb and an odd shot of the cover. 😱 So here's a better photo for now! 😉

Short description: An Heiress, an ancient prophecy, and a masquerade... After the Royal Family is assassinated, Nerissa, the Heiress of Chiyo, must keep her survival a secret and search for the sections of an ancient prophecy that is the key to taking back the throne.

#ya #fantasy

Babbsinbookland I am almost done with this book! And it is amazing!! I love it so much! 💜💜💜 3y
Rachel_R._Smith Thank you! I'm glad you're still enjoying the story! 💕 (edited) 3y
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And I Darken | Kiersten White
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Ok, serious question--I bought this book used and I didn't notice until I got home that it reeks of cigarette smoke. 😱 Like eye watering intensity. 😭 I've had it open to air out for a week now, but there's still enough lingering odor that I don't think I could enjoy reading it. Does anyone know any tricks to get unwanted odors out of books?? 🤔 (Also, from now on if you see me sniffing books before buying them you'll know why...)

#fantasy #ya

MrBook At the library, we use baking soda. It usually works. Otherwise, that smell will linger forever 🙄😕. 3y
Rachel_R._Smith @MrBook Thank you! Someone else has suggested I try baking soda as well, so I'll be picking up a box at the grocery. Fingers crossed it works! 3y
MrBook 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 3y
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Cruel Beauty | Rosamund Hodge
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I read this Beauty and the Beast retelling shortly after it came out a few years ago, and I must admit I was first attracted by the beautiful cover. I'm such a sucker for roses. 🙈 BUT--it wasn't just a cover buy! The story is so intriguing and fast-paced that I ended up reading it in one sitting. If you like retellings, check this one out!

#retelling #fairytale #fantasy #roses #redbooks #ya

MrBook It's a beautiful book! 3y
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Passenger | Alexandra Bracken
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#bookishthisorthat Day 17: Pink or Blue ☀️ Most of my books are either from the fantasy or mystery genres, neither of which *typically* lend toward pastel-colored covers in any shade, so I'm going to pick blue! Although I haven't read Passenger yet, one of the first things that attracted me to the book is the lovely blue ombré on the cover. ? So what about you--do you have more pink or blue books in your collection?

#fantasy #ya #bluebooks #tbr

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#bookishthisorthat Day 16: TMI or TID ☀️I liked TMI, but I *loved* TID. I actually first listened to these books in audiobook format, and I think part of what endeared me to Will's character was the fact that Clockwork Prince was narrated by Ed Westwick. His reading voice...wow 🤤...it suits Will's character perfectly. I could listen to it all day. If you haven't checked it out yet, I highly recommend doing so!

#theinfernaldevices #ya #fantasy

thebook.elf You've been busy 😂 3y
Rachel_R._Smith Haha, sorry! 😅 I'm done now! 🙌 (And thanks for liking my posts! 💕) 3y
LaylaFray TID is so good 😍 I loved it so much more than TMI. 3y
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Rachel_R._Smith @LaylaFray I read TID first and I'm afraid it ended up biasing me when I finally read TMI. 🙈 Is Lady Midnight and Lord of the Shadows more like TID or TMI? 3y
LaylaFray Same here! I read TID first, and I guess my expectations for TMI were too high? 😂 I feel like Lady Midnight/Lord of Shadows is more like TMI but the writing is a little better! TID is still the best 😊 3y
Rachel_R._Smith @LaylaFray It's hard to compare to the combo of Will/Tess/Jem 😆 3y
LaylaFray It really is! They are the ultimate trio 😂 3y
Merethebookgal TID is on my fairly-immediate TBR. I've only read the first three books in TMI but have been told I should read TID before continuing. 3y
Rachel_R._Smith @Merethebookgal If you've liked TMI so far, you'll love TID. 😊 I don't think the order matters one way or the other particularly though. There are a lot of interesting/fun references between the two series that you probably wouldn't notice if you read TMI first. However, as Layla mentioned, it seems like Clare's writing strengthened over time, so I'm afraid reading TID first might have diminished my enjoyment of TMI. 3y
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Given to the Sea | Mindy McGinnis
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From my summer TBR 💙

#fantasy #ya #epicreads #tbr

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The One | Kiera Cass
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I have to admit, I'm a sucker for happy endings. There's enough sacrifice and unhappiness in reality, so I prefer books to be a respite from that. At the same time, I don't like it when the happily ever after is wrapped up too nicely and perfectly either. I think that's one reason why I liked the ending for The One--it's a happy one, but there's a tinge of bittersweetness to it.

#theselection #fantasy #ya #epicreads

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The Ghost Bride | Yangsze Choo
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This is one I first listened to on audiobook, and I loved it so much I had to get a hardback so that I would have a copy forever. It is easily one my favorite books, and I can't recommend it highly enough--especially if you enjoy reading mystery, paranormal, or stories with elements of Asian folklore.

#mystery #paranormal #folklore

Alytrue Good to know. I've had this on my Kindle forever! 3y
Rachel_R._Smith @Alytrue I didn't know what to expect when I first picked it out and was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. The audiobook version is narrated by the author, which I thought added a really special touch too. 3y
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Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart is a mystery set on the border of China and Tibet in 1708 about Li Du, an imperial librarian who has been exiled and gets caught up in the mystery surrounding the murder of a Jesuit astronomer. I've been looking forward to reading it for quite some time now, so I think this will be my next read after I finish Flame in the Mist.

#historical #mystery #tbr

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The Thousandth Floor | Katharine McGee
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Not only was the story fantastic and completely engrossing, the writing is incredible with complex sentence structures that flow beautifully into one another and descriptions so vivid they bring the decadent setting to life. I feel like there were some aspects that very much reminded me of Cruel Intentions/Les Liaisons Dangereuses. I can't wait to read the sequel, The Dazzling Heights, when it is released in August!

#fantasy #ya #epicreads

MrBook Nice review! 3y
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Flame in the Mist | Rene Ahdieh
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About halfway through Flame in the Mist and loving it so far! 💕 (Although I think I might like the chapters with Kenshin even more than those with Mariko 😂)

#flameinthemist #currentlyreading #fantasy

MrBook Wow! Great cup! Look, @BookBabe 😊. 3y
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The books in this photo are the first six in the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley. It's a series of mystery novels set in England in the 1950s where the main sleuth is an eleven-year-old girl with a knack for chemistry. Despite having a young protagonist, this series isn't geared toward kids. I've had these on my wish list for several years, so now that I have them, I can't wait to dig in!

#flaviadeluce #bookishrainbow #mystery #bookstagram

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RoseBlood | A. G. Howard
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A Phantom of the Opera retelling by one of my favorite authors! 💕If you are a fan of Splintered or retellings, then you should definitely check it out!

#roseblood #aghoward #retelling #phantomoftheopera

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Black Rabbit Hall | Eve Chase
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#bookishthisorthat Day3: Romance or Thriller ☀️ I've never been a big fan of romance in books--I prefer it to be an accent to the plot rather than a focus. This one isn't really a thriller though--it's a mystery that I found during my last trip to HPB. Mystery is my second favorite genre, so I can't resist an intriguing one!
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#bookstagram #bibliophile #booklover #bookworm #booklove #bookobsessed #bookaddiction #bookish #booksandflowers #mystery

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#bookishthisorthat Day 2: Harry Potter or Fantastic Beasts ⭐️ I still remember reading the original version of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them back in 2001 when it came bundled with Quidditch Through the Ages. They were both such fun reads, but for me, none of the spin-offs hold the same appeal as the original Harry Potter books. ❤️
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#bibliophile #bookworm #booklove #lovebooks #bookish #bookgeek #booknerd #booksandflowers #harrypotter

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Flame in the Mist | Rene Ahdieh
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Today's picture is my current read, Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh. I've been looking forward to reading this one and was ecstatic to get it in my May @litjoycrate ! 🙌 I'm not far into it yet--seriously, I'm on the second paragraph of page 1...it's been a busy day.
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#bookstagram #bibliophile #booklover #bookworm #booklove #bookobsessed #bookaholic #bookaddict #lovebooks #bookish #bookgeek #booknerd #booksandflowers

MrBook Welcome to @Litsy !!! We hope you enjoy your time on here with us 😊👍🏻! Won't find a better bibliophile community than right here, imho. 😎👌🏻🙌🏻 As an author, you should get the checkmark next to your name! 3y
Rachel_R._Smith @MrBook Thank you very much--I'm already very much loving Litsy! 💕Once I get settled in, I'll definitely look into getting that little checkmark. 😉 3y
BooksTeasAndBookishThings Welcome to Litsy!!! 😊❤️🙌📚🎉 3y
Rachel_R._Smith @BooksTeasAndBookishThings Thank you! 💕 So glad to take part in such a fantastic community! 😊 3y
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